The Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art

The Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art at night; courtesy of the Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art

Sign Language Museum Tour: Courtesy of The Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art

The Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art
Kansas City, MO

Museum/Cultural Institution

The Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art (NAMA) is an encyclopedic museum where the power of art engages the spirit of community, and whose collection spans nearly every continent. Free admission gives everyone the opportunity to enjoy, appreciate, and understand the finest visual arts. 

Along with architecture and urban design firm Cooper Robertson and digital design firm Blue Cadet, DVDL has produced cultural forecasts and recommendations. From here DVDL developed curatorial, content and visitor services strategies for the coming decades for the museum, as well as an outline of spatial implications and design suggestions to build the NAMA experience for its diverse audiences out further.

As a standout cultural institution for the Kansas City community, DVDL is dedicated to making the most effective long term plan for shifting NAMA to better adapt to evolving museum experiences.

Cultural Forecasting

-Intuitive assessments from a cultural and institutional context

-Horizon scans with qualitative and quantitative research and context interpretation

-Future scenarios and impact assessment

Institutional and Program Strategies

– Curatorial Masterplan development

– Program development

Design Process Development

– Space / Design Analysis and future Space Needs

– Initial International Design References Research 

– Pre Designer Selection Research

The Big Picnic annual event at the Nelson-Atkins; Courtesy of The Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art